The greatest day in Red Wings history=when Holland has no impact on the team anymore.
Hmmmm let's see.... The day Gordie signed with the Wings, the first game the Production Line was put together, the day the Ilitch family bought the team, the day Devellano was hired, the day Yzerman, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Zetterberg, or Datsyuk were drafted, the hiring of Scotty, the Shanny trade, the Russian Five on the ice for the first time, the Turtle Incident, the Cup win on home ice in 97, Vladdy on the ice with the Cup in 98, the 02 Cup with all the future hall of famers, the Cup win in 08 when all the haters said the Wings couldn't win under a salary cap? None of these are greater? Really? Really? Use hyperbole much?
The reverse logic around here blows my mind. Very few picks become legitimate prospects, and even fewer of those become everyday NHLers. So the least risky thing to trade is a pick, then a prospect, and then a legit NHLer (obviously I'm not talking about trading Drew Miller for a superstar here. I mean trading quality for similar quality).
I have no idea why people are ready to trade prospects but want to hang on to this late first round pick so bad. We're not going to get a lottery pick, we're going to make the playoffs. We've been solidly in a playoff spot for about two months and we're done with the hard part of our schedule.
Nobody around here is willing to part with a 20-30th pick for Keith Yandle, or Jason Pominville, or Marian Gaborik? Insane.
Edit: I had originally misquoted Euro_Twins on this, which was my bad. Fixed now.
Oh just wait until Holland trades that first round pick to grab an extra early second & third round pick in June & people lose their s*** around here.
Part of me wants to see DeKeyser sign but the dark part of me wants to see him go somewhere else just to see LGW explode...you know fire & brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers & seas boiling, forty years of darkness, eathquakes, volcanos, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs & cats living together...mass hysteria
Carmen is spot on. I went to UM and got an Econ Major, Poli Sci Minor because I wanted to learn how the world works. The Econ material was educational, but the Political Science was pure unadulterated indoctrination as oppossed to growth and development.
Yes, the NHL is a major committment with major scrifice, but so is everything that comes with that pay scale. Cory Emmerton is getting paid more than the President of the United States of America.
Jarnkrok has been compared to Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg and that’s just fine by him. Jarnkrok’s favorite team growing up was the Red Wings and his favorite player was Zetterberg. “When I watch him play, I try to take after what he’s doing good.”
Am I the only one who gets depressed a bit reading up on prospects who say they watched players like Z & Pavs "growing up"? Man I feel old right now.
This whole exercise is not about "driving up the value" on DeKeyser given that there are limits to the contract he can sign. It's all about giving him the chance to be "wined & dined" by the teams that want to show up to make their case. Call it the "Zach Parise Treatment" & it might be the only chance he has to go through a circus like this depending on how he actually pans out.
Personally, I don't buy into the Oilers being in the running let alone the front runner given that they're an absolute cluster-f*** of an organization. The reason they landed Schultz is because of his desire to play close to home. For all the vaunted young talent they have, they are nowhere close to putting it together before they have to start breaking the team apart because they can't afford everyone. They have 11 top 25 picks in their line-up right now & what do they have to show for it? What would the Wings have done with that opportunity? We all know what good organizations (think Blackhawks & Pens) did with opportunities like that. The Oil? Not...even...close. There's a much greater chance the Wings lose him to an Anaheim, Nashville, or St. Louis than Edmonton.